I was shocked to read that there are almost one million people who have a gambling problem in this country.
Isn’t that worrying?
And perhaps more worrying was my ignorance of not only the problem but also what constitutes gambling.
Every week I buy a National Lottery ticket, talk to women who go to the bingo and know men and women who like what they call a “flutter” on the horses.
I have to admit I thought a person with a gambling problem was someone who bet their house during a game of poker or spent day after day in the bookmakers.
But really, gambling, in all forms is everywhere.
From me buying a Lottery ticket to friends going to the bingo, it’s gambling.
One campaigner James Petherick is calling for a ban on the FOBT machines in bookies. These slot machines are often what the gambler becomes addicted to.
This brave man charts his own battle with gambling on a YouTube channel, Diary of A Compulsive Gambler, a brutally honest and bold thing to do.
He has been clear of gambling for over a month and is now campaigning and meeting MPs to try and get action.
An admirable thing to do and now he is helping thousands of gamblers try and find the strength to stop.
His determination and knowledge makes me believe he will succeed and has almost found a calling helping others, a new focus for his mind.
But next time you hand over £10 for five Lottery tickets, take a moment to think about what you are doing?
Yes, I think so.